Mel Gibson's arresting officer suing his own department
The Sheriff’s Deputy who arrested Mel Gibson in the infamous 2006 DUI incident is suing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, claiming he has been subject to repeated disciplinary action and overlooked for promotions since complaining that the actor received preferential treatment from police, People reports. Sheriff’s Deputy James Mee is asking for an undisclosed sum in a lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles that alleges discrimination and harassment and states that he has been singled out in a four-year investigation into who leaked the confidential arrest report to TMZ.
The suit claims that Mee, who is Jewish, was asked by superiors to delete portions of his report, “effectively participating in covering up the anti-Semitic posture of Mr. Gibson.” Gibson allegedly spewed a string of anti-Semitic statements on the night in question. The lawsuit also alleges that Gibson is a close friend of Sheriff Lee Baca and other top officials.
“My client is being retaliated against because he is a Jewish deputy,” Mee’s lawyer Etan Z. Lorant told People. “He was the most logical person for the police to investigate, but they didn’t look into any other deputies. They started with him and ended with him, even though other deputies had access to the report. They should’ve kept investigating.”
The lawsuit states that no charges were ever filed against Mee and that the case has been filed as “unresolved.”
“We categorically deny this lawsuit,” Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told People. “This has nothing to do with ethnicity. What the sheriff’s department did was launch an investigation because someone was releasing confidential documents, which is a crime. We look forward to telling the whole story in this case.”